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AFRICA/ERITREA - Clinics and schools closed: the regime prohibits Christian social activities
Asmara - "In Eritrea, the regime has begun to persecute religious confessions and, in particular, the Catholic Church. The objective ... ...



ASIA/INDIA - "May India be guided by justice and truth": the hope of Christians for Holy Week

New Delhi - "In this Holy Week, let us pray for our country and its political leaders, at federal and regional levels, so that they can be guided by justice and truth. Let us bring before God the innocent, who languish in prisons or suffer in their place of work, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The youth of Pakistan: "Every baptized person is a missionary: this is our vocation"

Sahiwal - The young Catholics of Pakistan express satisfaction and hope because the Catholic Church, through the Synod dedicated to young people, is interested in their future. This is what emerged from a recent seminar organized in the city of Sahiwal, in the Archdiocese of Karachi, where many young people ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Pre-Synod: the young "announcers of a world of justice and fraternity"

Brasilia - On the path of the preparation for the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people, which will be held in October, the so-called "Pre-Synod" took place from 19 to 24 March, attended by some 300 young people from all over the world, not only Catholics, but also from ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Cardinal Monsegwo: "Youth, commit yourselves to working hard to get Congo out of poverty"

Kinshasa - "Young people from Kinshasa, the present and the future of the Country are yours. Have strong personal convictions. Do not be like sheep who foolishly follow others, for fear of what will be told to you. 'No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/LEBANON - Islamic-Christian Feast of the Annunciation celebrated at the Presidential Palace

Beirut - For the first time, Lebanese President Michel Aoun opens the doors of the presidential palace of Baabda to the celebration of the Annunciation, which since 2010 has been proclaimed an Islamic-Christian national holiday in Lebanon. The same Maronite President, together with his wife Nadia Chami Aoun, presided over ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - Single mothers, rejected by society, but recipients of God's love

Ouagadougou - In Burkina Faso, Father Maurice Oudet is "the angel of single mothers". He welcomes them. He offers friendship, spiritual comfort, by offering the Word of the Gospel and the love of Christ. He finds them a home and a source of income. It is a difficult task because ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Year of Youth: an opportunity to rediscover and witness faith

Boroko - The year 2018, proclaimed "Year of Youth" by the local Church, is a precious opportunity to help young people understand, live and witness their faith in Christ Jesus: this is what emerged from the National youth animators Seminar , recently concluded in Boroko, Port Moresby, promoted by the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Young people learn Amazonia "from within" and make a network

Manaus - "Young people are the key to change. They have to realize that they are today's leaders, not tomorrow's. We must have the courage to live and witness the Gospel of Christ. To save Mother Earth and all of us from destruction, we young people should first of all ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of migrants, refugees on Holy Thursday

Manila - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will wash the feet of 12 migrants and refugees or displaced during Mass on Holy Thursday, March 29, at Manila Cathedral. As reported to Agenzia Fides by the local Church, the initiative was inspired by the message of Pope Francis dedicated to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - For the first time, an Oromo at the head of the government coalition: a turning point in the crises'

Addis Ababa - Abiy Ahmed is the first member of the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, to become President of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front , the coalition that has been leading the Country since 1991, and in all probability will soon be appointed Prime Minister to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - A Christian tortured to death in a hospital

Lahore - A Pakistani Christian died after the brutal beatings suffered by security guards and medical staff at a hospital in Lahore. As Agenzia Fides learns, Sunil Saleem, 26, was killed on March 26 while bringing food to his sister, Kiran Saleem, pregnant and hospitalized. The woman had to be ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/R D CONGO - Resignation of Bishop of Inongo, successor appointed

Città del Vaticano – The Holy Father Pope Francis 31 March 2018 accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Inongo , presented by Bishop. Philippe Nkiere Kena, C.I.C.M. The Holy Father appointed new Bishop of Inongo, Mons. Donatien Bafuidinsoni Maloko-Mana, S.J., until now auxiliary Bishop of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/RD CONGO - Resignaton of Bishop of Kenge, successor appointed

Città del Vaticano – The Holy Father Pope Francis on 31 March 2018 accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Kenge , presented by Mons. Jean Gaspard Mudiso Mund’la, S.V.D. The Holy Father appointed Bishop of Kenge S.E. Mons. Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi, until now auxiliary bishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/TURKEY- Arguments and protest follow civil authorities’ intervention in internal matters of the Armenian Patriarchate

Istanbul – Within the Apostolic Turkish Armenian community protests and division continue regarding the results of the process of election of the new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, with see in Istanbul. The bi-lingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos reports the appearance in the past week in Istanbul, in the district of Kurtuluş ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Fr. Walter, assassinated, like the Gospel's “grain of wheat”

San Salvador – "Those who offer themselves for love of Christ to serve the poor, will live like the grain of wheat which dies only apparently ": Fides was told by Mons. William Ernesto Iraheta Rivera, during the funeral of Father Walter Osmin Vásquez, killed when he went to a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AMERICA UNITED STATES-A Guide to include Native Americans in Catholic Pastoral Care

Los Angeles – Recently the archdiocese of Los Angeles issued a Pastoral Guide for communities of Native Americans. During a rally for Urban Native Americans held at Kuruvungna Cultural Springs Centre, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, signed 17 Instructions recognising Native Americans of California as the “First people ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - “We are all committed to obtaining the release of rev. Célestin” Fides was told by the bishop of Goma

Kinshasa - “We are doing all we can to obtain the release of Rev Célestin” Fides was told by Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka, of Goma, main city in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where on Easter Sunday unidentified persons kidnapped Rev Célestin Ngango, parish ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AFRICA/ALGERIA - White Fathers’ Cultural Centre bears witness to the “universality” of the Church

Ouargla – Precious volumes and photographs testifying to the history of the Christian presence, but also courses in English and French and Informatics: all this is found at the Cultural Centre of the White Fathers in Ouargla, a city in eastern Algeria, a structure at the service of the local, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Bishop of Barrancabermeja: "Join forces to overcome environmental disaster"

AMERICA/COLOMBIA – Bishop of Barrancabermeja: "Join forces to overcome environmental disaster"Santander – “Words cannot express the deep sadness, given the vastness of this environmental disaster; not long ago we walked along the banks of these waterways terming with life and filled with of peace, now we can almost hear nature ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Massacre of innocent Christians: minorities under attack

Quetta - "It is sad to see that once again our people are attacked and killed on the occasion of one of our religious festivities. First the bomb at Christmas and now a massacre of the innocents at Easter. I am praying for the persons involved and I pray that ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/05/18



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